1479 Tasting Notes
Don’t you hate it when you finally get a perfect cup of a sample tea that’s been elusive and hard to get right…and you discover you’re at the end of the sample?
The sweet spot was hit this morning…longer and stronger is better with this; the cocoa hints became cocoa statements at 5 minutes +. One more cup’s worth before the pouch is empty. Hope I do that one properly.
Took one more vacation day to “rest” (read that: do half a dozen loads of laundry, change bedding, unpack, rake leaves, gather notes for next writing project due way too soon) and it’s time for a quick feet-up.
And so, in asking, “What would taste good with rake, broom, and leaf crispies?” I saw the orange tin out of this batch on my whatnot shelf and something made the mental connection that this would be tasty. It really isn’t bad for a cheapie gift set; nice orange-zest-peel flavor rather than eye-watering tartness.
Don’t see this one on the Red Leaf website currently, but I am pleased to have found a couple of cups’ worth in a tin that woozled itself all the way to the bottom of the basket.
Because its fluffy and doesn’t stay in the teaspoon well, I doubled up, kept water temp coolish and time medium-ish (about 2:20). Honey colored and sweet grain flavored. Lovely for a crispy leaf-blowy afternoon at—finally after a long weary week at writers conference—home. (My back yard sounds like Chex.)
Triply good because I am enjoying it at HOME out of my own mug instead out of hotel styrofoam.
Black tea buddies, this one is a good evening substitute. The scent is a little spicy and clovey.
Not stellar, but not bad—a little of the sweet, cereally flavor associated with a better-grade green tea in this one.
Thought this sample bag from Spencer might be strong enough to overcome the unfamiliar water issue—and it does. The little bit of coffee residue from a shared Kuerig even blends in pretty nicely. Looking forward to a pure, unadulterated, familiar cuppa of anything very soon.
Another “alien mystery bag” that supplied a pleasant surprise. Usually I avoid Yogi because of the ridiculously cloying licorice that shows up in most of their blends. No licorice in this one—and it does have a nice, light, fruit-juicy quality. Like Juicy Fruit fruit-juicy.
Working outside my normal environs this week, but it allows me to pick through other people’s tea stashes, intrepid explorer that I am. Considering that this one was clumsily made in a Kuerig that still had some coffee backwash in it, it’s pretty pleasant. Never had ginkgo before so I’m not sure what my tastebuds should be hunting for, but the green/citrus combination does cancel out potential green tea bitterness.
May swap another bag with something of my own so I can try it in more…sanitary? fortuitous? circumstances.
Wonder if the formulation of this has changed…it’s been a while since I’ve had it. (But then, we’re talking out-of-town water and styrofoam cups.) Strong and adequate.
Ever notice how insomnia kicks in, not prior to a day when you don’t really need to be at peak performance, but immediately preceding a day that will be physically and/or mentally exhausting on general principles.
Yeah, well, after losing a wrestling match with the blankets last night and early morning, I gave up at 3:57 a.m. and realized my heart was going like I had been engaged in a WWF grudge match. So this was my morning tea instead of something caffeinated. It didn’t do a thing for mental clarity, but it did ratchet down the boogity-boogity adrenaline and palpitations.
If you have nothing else in your medicine cabinet this winter, get some of this and some peppermint and you’ll be well armed against 90% of what ails ya.